What do you think? Is there anything to love about love handles? They don’t fit into the skinny jeans you love, and the will annoy you while trying to get rid of them. And why is that? Since the love handle fat is on the side of the ab area, a lot of people think that a regular ab workout will help. But, that’s not the case here. They lie on top of the obliques (a very specific group of muscles). So, if you want to really work them out, you’ll have to target precisely that fat.
In order to get there, first of all you’ll have to follow a healthy diet, and lose that fat through cardio, plus exercises. So we’ve put in together a three-step strategy to finally get rid of that annoying fat!
Step 1: Eat lean, eat clean.
Step 2: 30-minute cardio every other day. If you feel really hardcore, get it up to 6 days a week.
Step 3: Try the 10-minute workout below. This workout hit the obliques hard, while also targeting the rest of your core.
10-Minute Bye-Bye Love Handles Workout:
- Side-Lying Leg Raises – 15 reps, 3 sets, each side
Lie down on the left side. Bend your left arm, and hold your head with it. For even better results extend it straight above your head and shoulder. Place your right hand on your hip. Extend your legs, and stack them on top of one another. Raise your right leg slowly as high as you can. Pause, and get back to the starting position. Keep your neck in line with the spine at all times and squeeze your glutes at the top of each rep.
- Toe Touches – 15 reps, 3 sets, each side
Use the following link for toe touch instructions: How To Do Toe Touches (Fingers to Toes)
- Bicycle Crunches – 10 reps, 3 sets
Use the following link for bicycle crunch instructions: How To Do Bicycle Crunches (Ab Bikes)
- Bridges – 10 reps, 3 sets
Lie down on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Now, raise your hips and form a straight line with your body form the shoulders to the knees. Pause in the straight position, and slowly lower your body down to the starting position.
- Elbow Planks – 30 sec
Start with a regular plank position. Now, go down on your elbows and forearms. Keep your feet hip-width apart, and the elbows right under your shoulders. Tighten your core and hold for 30 seconds.
- Side Planks – 30 sec, each side
Sit on the floor on your right hip. Then, line your right wrist right under your right shoulder. Keep your feet on top of each other sideways. Now, lift your hips and form a straight line with your body from the feet to the shoulders.
Leave a comment below and let us know how these love handles exercises worked out for you.